Employee Spotlight: Brian Gillikin, Senior Software Developer
Education: Senior Software Developer Brian Gillikin graduated in 1995 with a degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University.
Résumé: Before joining Shaw Systems Brian Gillikin had 17 years of software development experience with companies such as VALIC and a series of startups, including one he founded that was sold to LexisNexis.
Job Description: In October 2012 Brian joined Shaw as a contractor and then became a full-time Senior Software Developer on the COLLECTIONS and RECOVERY team in May 2013.
Rave Review: “Brian brings a rare skill set to our team,” says Craig Houston, Shaw’s COLLECTIONS and RECOVERY Product Manager. “On top of being a very talented developer, he has the ability to quickly understand the underlying business processes our software supports, and he speaks in terms our clients understand in order to deliver optimal solutions quickly.”
Family and Interests: “I’ve been happily married to my wife Wendy for the past 18 years,” says Brian. “We have two teenage children: Zoe is 14 and was just accepted to a performing arts magnet school (HSPVA) in their Theatre Arts program. Brenden, who’s 12, is an avid swimmer and is starting cross country and track at his middle school this year.”
Brian’s interests include snow skiing and swimming, but he admits that right now he is a “taxi cab for my kids.”
Brian’s Perspective: “I think I have found the best of both worlds at Shaw,” Brian says. “I went through a few start-up companies and really enjoyed the teamwork and opportunities for personal input. Even though Shaw is a larger company (in the last startup I was employee #4), I truly feel I make a direct impact, but there’s none of the stress and instability of a less established company. I cannot express how important it is for me to feel like I don’t get lost in the shuffle, and Shaw values ALL of their employees. It cannot be overstated how much everyone at Shaw feels like family and not just co-workers.”